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Vegas gunman visited Philippines at least twice

MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino official says Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock traveled at least twice to the Philippines, where his girlfriend was born......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 4th, 2017

Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend said she handled ammo

LAS VEGAS --- The girlfriend of the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history told authorities they would probably find her fingerprints on bullets because she sometimes helped him load ammunition magazines. An FBI agent tells a judge in warrant documents made public Friday that Marilou Danley wasn't arrested when she returned to the U.S. from the Philippines days after the Oct. 1 shooting, and that she was cooperating with investigators. Her boyfriend, Stephen Paddock, shot himself dead after firing from a Las Vegas Strip casino into a concert crowd, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. The agent says in the Oct. 3 document that there was no evidence ...Keep on reading: Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend said she handled ammo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Vegas probe shifts to killer’s Pinay partner

MANILA, Philippines — The investigation of a gunman who killed 59 people at a Las Vegas concert has shifted to his Filipina-Australian girlfriend, who has re.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

NUJP denounces ‘threats’ versus broadcasters

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) – Iloilo Chapter denounced the purported assassination plot on several broadcasters of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN-Iloilo). The management wrote a letter to Police Regional Office (PRO-6) regional director Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao citing reliable sources informing him of a plot involving the hiring of a gunman […] The post NUJP denounces ‘threats’ versus broadcasters appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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SUPER 8: Inside the Asia League s grand basketball plans for the region

MACAU --- The Summer Super 8 is just the beginning. The Asia League may only have eight teams, including two Pinoy teams, in its tournaments now with the Super 8, but the FIBA-recognized offseason competition platform for club basketball is targeting bigger and better things. All for the continued development of basketball, particularly in this part of Asia. Matt Beyer, CEO of the Asia League, noticed a couple of years back that there's pretty much no international club-to-club basketball competitions in Asia so he made some things happen. While football has tournaments like the UEFA Champions League, basketball has no such thing. There's the FIBA Champions Cup, but that includes all of Asia. What the Asia League tries to focus on is the East Asia and Southeast Asian territory, where top teams from China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines can go after each other in high-level tournaments. "I just think there's a huge lack in international club-to-club basketball competition in Asia," Beyer said. "And if you look at China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, if you add the population of these geographies, it's over 2 billion people. So there's a lot of fans but no high level club-to-club competition. That's the reason this was created," he added. For Beyer, Macau seems to be the perfect setting to stage such tournaments and for the Summer Super 8, he's looking at it as something that could become Asia's version of the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. Asia League has eight teams competing for the Super 8 this year with two teams each from China, Korea, and the Philippines plus one each from Japan and Taipei. Next year, the Super 8 may no longer be as the plan is to have 16 teams see action. "What we're aiming for is to become the East Asian version of the Las Vegas summer league," Beyer said. "Our July events, we will expand the scale of the teams. The eight teams this year, I wanna have 16 next year and that means more PBA teams if that's logistically possible," he added. Speaking of the PBA, the Asia League is aggressive is trying to work with getting Filipino teams to its events. Why? Pinoy teams attract crowds and they generally perform well with these kind of tournaments. For the ongoing Super 8, both NLEX and Blackwater ended up with identical 2-1 records. The Road Warriors are in the semifinals and the Elite missed the playoffs by one basket and ended up with an inferior quotient. And despite group play being played on weekdays, a decent Filipino crowd have showed up to watch the action at the East Asian Games Dome. "We started the dialogue with the PBA and Commissioner Willie (Marcial)," Beyer said. "We're trying to coordinate being able to make things work with the schedule and have teams released for the tournaments or just fit into the windows where they're available. I think we can work it out long term and I think this is good for the PBA and to the teams to play against different types of teams for a technical perspective and it should help to get the news out about PBA teams in other markets," he added. Aside from the Super 8 this year, the Asia League also has the Terrific 12 coming up in September. More than the number of teams involved, that tournament should be fiercer with club teams being allowed to have imports. Beyer ideally wants to have the PBA participate in that as well but with the Governors' Cup ongoing at that time, it might be difficult at least for this year. Still, the Asia League wants Pinoy teams, but not just any Pinoy teams. That's why Alab Pilipinas has been in consideration to compete in September though it's yet to be seen if Jimmy Alapag's crew can join. Ultimately, Beyer's goal is to have the Asia League be a hub for teams across Asia to compete with one another in such a way that their own mother leagues aren't being disrupted. The Asia League wants its July event to be the premier offseason joust. "The ideal situation that I look at is the July event be the summer league and expand it to 32 teams in three years. And that becomes the premier offseason forum just like the Las Vegas summer league is in the West," Beyers said. "September, we can't expand it above 12, that might be a little too big but let's see how it goes. That's gonna be the biggest preseason party for teams. We're gonna have the best rosters, tons of media, and broadcast on over 30 platforms all over the world," he added. That seems grand enough for the Asia League but there's more. Soon enough, full integration is going to be Beyer's target. "What we want starting the 2019-2020 season is to have integration into the seasons. What I look at is a pilot project where we take teams that are on the region and put them into two small groups that play home and way through the season, maybe one game per month to start," Beyer said. "And then we do a Final Four event, probably here in Macau to start. And then maybe that Final Four event can be like Euroleague Final Four before it moves around the region at an annual basis. That would be what I like to see. That would require a deep partnership with FIBA and the associations like the PBA," he added. Ultimately, the Asia League would like to stay true its mission to raise the standard of basketball in the region through greater collaboration with different leagues. It helps that for the current Super 8, teams are in it to win it and are taking things seriously. There should be more to come. "This isn't a one off tournament. We want to have a series of events. FIBA's mandate is a little different than ours but I think the goal is the same, we want to develop basketball and make the level of competition better in the region," Beyers said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Philippines rolls out red carpet for Moro rebels

High-ranking officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) visited the Philippine military's headquarters in the capital Thursday, marking another milestone in the peace process betwee.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Philippines rolls out red carpet for Moro rebels

High-ranking officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) visited the Philippine military’s headquarters in the capital Thursday, marking another milestone in the peace process betwee Source link link: Philippines rolls out red carpet for Moro rebels.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Take your music, share good vibes, and visit JBL Philippines stores and dealers …

Take your music, share good vibes, and visit JBL Philippines stores and dealers today to get the chance to party with JBL in Vegas! 🎧 For more details visit jblfest.com.ph #Daretolisten #JBLFest #JBLPH Source link: Take your music, share good vibes, and visit JBL Philippines stores and dealers ….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

UP to go overseas for training for second straight year

The University of the Philippines is already hard at work, preparing for what it is hoping to be a breakthrough season. With the UAAP Season 81 just two months away, the Fighting Maroons are all set to travel to Serbia for a two-week long training camp. “This training camp should push us to be at the height of our condition. After that, we will have at least a month to sustain it,” head coach Bo Perasol shared. Perasol said that, aside from drills and training exercises, State U will also have tuneup games against Serbian and Croatian professional teams. UP leaves for Croatia on July 21 and will be back home on August 4. This is the second straight year that the now-rejuvenated program has a training camp abroad. A year ago, they went to Las Vegas for Impact Training. Before the training camp in Serbia, the Fighting Maroons will also be competing in a pocket tournament in Iloilo. The Fighting Maroons’ preparations and of course, support in-season, have been made possible by new backers Robinson’s, 3M, and NXLED. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Zamboanga politician shot dead

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A lone gunman shot dead a village official in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, police said Sunday. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

International travel bloggers visit ARMM villages’ expo, impressed by Bangsamoro cultures

COTABATO CITY – “BecomingFilipino” travel blogger and YouTube sensation Kyle Jennermann, popularly known in the Philippines as “Kulas,” visited the exposition here […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Police reenactment: Halili gunman shot him from bushes

BATANGAS, Philippines – After a reenactment of the Monday morning murder of Antonio Halili , police confirmed that the gunman who shot him positioned himself at the bushes from across the new city hall in Tanauan – with a distance of 76.8 meters from his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

FAST FACTS: Who is slain General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote?

MANILA, Philippines – Ferdinand "Ferdie" Bote was barely half into his first term as mayor of General Tinio, the biggest Nueva Ecija municipality when he was killed on Tuesday, July 3. Unidentified men opened fire on his vehicle after he had visited the National Irrigation Administration office in Cabanatuan City. The 57-year-old engineer ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Robredo eyes weaving center, cooperative for Yakan tribe in Basilan

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo is planning to help build a weaving center and a cooperative for the weavers of the Yakan tribe living in Lamitan City, Basilan. Robredo visited the community on Friday, June 29 and observed how the Yakan tribe keeps the Tennun weaving tradition ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

US touts ‘enduring’ Pacific presence as carrier USS Ronald Reagan visits Manila

A US aircraft carrier visited the Philippines on Tuesday, the third such call in four months, as its commander cited America’s ‘enduring presence’ in a region where China’s military aims have raised tensions. Source link link: US touts ‘enduring’ Pacific presence as carrier USS Ronald Reagan visits Manila.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

LOOK: Jackie Forster and family visit Manila

MANILA, Philippines – It’s only been a couple of months since Jackie Forster last visited Manila to spend time with her two oldest sons Andre and Kobe, but now, the former actress is back in town, this time with her husband and her 3 younger kids: Jared, Caleigh, and Yohan. The family ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Drinking the Pope’s wine

POPE FRANCIS is a popular Pope, and while he answers ostensibly to God, he is like a normal celebrity: he has pictures taken with other famous people, people pay attention to what he wears, and he has to deal with some of the intricacies that other celebrities face. When he visited the Philippines in January of 2015, crowds swelled to the thousands to greet him. Like most celebrities too, what wine he consumes is of some interest, and on June 12, guests at Chef Jessie’s in Rockwell were treated to glasses of the very same wine that Pope Francis drank during his visit. The post Drinking the Pope’s wine appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

LOOK: Donovan Mitchell holds mini-clinic, attends PBA’s Manila Clasico

MANILA, Philippines – The Spida is in Manila! Donovan Mitchell, the reigning NBA Slam Dunk Champion and super rookie of the Utah Jazz, visited the Philippines for the first time to promote his shoe brand and have a meet-and-greet with some lucky Pinoy fans last Sunday, June 17. The 21-year old got ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

[OPINION] The Philippines scourge of killers on motorbikes

On June 10, in the northern Philippine province of Nueva Ecija, Father Richmond Nilo of Zaragoza town was preparing for Mass when an unidentified gunman killed him. A few days earlier, on June 7, an assailant shot and killed journalist and newspaper publisher Dennis Denora ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Priest shot and killed in Philippines

: A Catholic priest was shot and killed on Sunday night as he prepared to celebrate Mass. The death of Father Richmond Nilo was the 3rd such killing of a priest in recent months. The gunman, who ha.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018